Senator Barack Obama stated at the Saddleback Forum that he would work to reduce the number of abortions. I was hoping that Pastor Rick Warren would follow up by asking a question I have long wanted interviewers to ask, “Why is reducing the number of abortions a good thing?”. I admit that it is a gotcha question of sorts. If they admit in any sense that reducing abortion is a ‘good’ thing, then one is inherently acknowledging that there is something about abortion that is wrong. I would then follow up by asking, “What’s wrong with abortion?”. This puts the “pro-choice” candidate in a difficult predicament…one in which makes it evidently clear that there is a huge moral inconsistency with taking the co-existent positions of: abortion is a women’s right to do with her body as she wishes AND limiting abortion is a good thing because abortion is a bad thing.
Being pro-life as I am and knowing that Roe V. Wade is fixed law, I do support a reduction in the number of abortions. That is why I have sent money to clinics that seek to encourage a prospective mother into keeping the baby. I do this because abortion is indeed wrong and I can state as much. I would also state that while Roe V. Wade is fixed law, I believe that the court was wrong and pray for its reversal. I believe that human rights begin with the issue protecting our young and most vulnerable among us. Human rights issues presume the existence of life and therefore I believe the abortion issue is a foundation for all other discussion.
Again, I ask Senator Obama, “Why is reducing the number of abortions a ‘good’ thing?”. The emphasis is on ‘good’. I would answer by stating that abortion is a “bad” thing. What is Obama’s answer? Hopefully we’ll find out at one of the debates. Stay tuned.
© 2008, Rick Hogaboam. All rights reserved.